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2,200 jobs go in JJB Sports deal

Around 2,200 staff at JJB Sports were made redundant today after administrators closed 133 stores and agreed to sell 20 remaining outlets to Mike Ashley's Sports Direct International.

Rangers given appeal date over tough sanctions

Rangers' appeal against sanctions imposed by the Scottish Football Association will be heard next Wednesday - and the panel members have been named following consultation with the police.

Shops fear for Christmas trade as sales slip again

High street sales fell unexpectedly last month, reinforcing fears that shoppers are already reining in their spending ahead of the economically crucial festive period. It was the second consecutive monthly sales decline, with clothing and footwear stores suffering the most.

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Badminton and gym venue dropped from Olympic plans

Olympic organisers are to abandon plans for a temporary badminton venue at the London 2012 Games but will press ahead with two other controversial developments, following a cost-cutting review by the consultancy firm KPMG.

Most youngsters drink alcohol by the age of 13

Britain has arrived at a "worrying tipping-point" where a majority of the nation's 13-year-olds – equivalent to 350,000 youths – have already started drinking alcohol, Jacqui Smith has warned.